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What I am planning to do is get rid of my sig rig "The Catalyst" and stick with a lower-end PC. Just can't justify keeping a $1k+ PC that I don't use for much (other than F@H) while I have bills to pay (tfw no job) and in college.

I acquired a Halo 2 themed iBuyPower PC from a friend for $100. This PC was built in late 2009. My goal is to update it and make it more Halo 2 themed than when it was built. This is also meant to be a project to keep me busy and challenged rather than be economical or sensible. I realize this is quite dated hardware. Here are/were its specs:

  • Core 2 Quad 8300
  • 4 GB DDR3 Memory*
  • ASUS P5Q3 Motherboard
  • Corsair 650TX Power Supply
  • EVGA NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT*
  • 250 GB Hitachi 7,200 RPM SATA II Hard Drive*
  • Some AVC 80mm CPU Cooler*
  • Halo 2 iBuyPower Case

The hard drive started smoking and caught on fire (this happened before I bought it). I sold the graphics card, I obviously need to replace it just haven't determined what yet. I'll upgrade the memory to x2 8 GB sticks. I am also replacing the hardly-better-than-stock cooler with an H100 (will be push-pull). I may consider replacing the 8300 with something better, but am entirely unsure yet.
Foreseen modifications

In order to fit the H100, I'll need to create a vent on the top. My main rig has a HAF 932 and personally I like the size of the vent holes. I am planning on punching holes to the size of the H100 rad on the top of the case. It is going to be a tight fit.

I would like to make this case more Halo 2 themed than it already is. Aside from the side panel, nothing else screams "Halo 2!". I am planning on spray painting the interior orange. I will replace the fans with orange LED fans. I am not too sure what to do with the front. This is subject to change because I'm not sure if it will be too much orange.

The front "V" lights up blue. I'll obviously have to change it, but probably won't be as straight forward.

Here are some pictures of what I've got so far...

Intel(R) IPP JPEG encoder 7.0.1041 - Jul 19 2011;
Intel(R) IPP JPEG encoder 7.0.1041 - Jul 19 2011;
Intel(R) IPP JPEG encoder 7.0.1041 - Jul 19 2011;
Intel(R) IPP JPEG encoder 7.0.1041 - Jul 19 2011;
Intel(R) IPP JPEG encoder 7.0.1041 - Jul 19 2011;
Intel(R) IPP JPEG encoder 7.0.1041 - Jul 19 2011;
Intel(R) IPP JPEG encoder 7.0.1041 - Jul 19 2011;
Intel(R) IPP JPEG encoder 7.0.1041 - Jul 19 2011;
Intel(R) IPP JPEG encoder 7.0.1041 - Jul 19 2011;

If anyone has any suggestions, I'm happy to hear what they are! I've built PCs before, but I don't know a ton in terms of case modding. I also apologize for the blurry pictures. Perhaps it's the low lighting.

Got the front panel off. Here's a look at it. Very dusty, too.

Intel(R) IPP JPEG encoder 7.0.1041 - Jul 19 2011;
Intel(R) IPP JPEG encoder 7.0.1041 - Jul 19 2011;

After opening the door's lighting assembly, it is quite a simple design.

Intel(R) IPP JPEG encoder 7.0.1041 - Jul 19 2011;
Edited by tmontney - 10/30/13 at 1:33am
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Nice looking ideas man.
And while building computers and modding is fun, i know what you mean about there being no point in dropping a load of cash into something you won't use too much, especially if you've already got another primary system.
Keep the pics coming! thumb.gif
   
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Nice looking ideas man.
And while building computers and modding is fun, i know what you mean about there being no point in dropping a load of cash into something you won't use too much, especially if you've already got another primary system.
Keep the pics coming! thumb.gif

Hopefully over this weekend I'll get the vent cut.

Right now I'm trying to sell my main one. Don't know if anyone will actually by though.
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Still working on this project! Will have pictures soon, currently cutting the vents for the case. It's a long process rolleyes.gif
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